I've concluded that it is better to drive than to fly to Red State while making a connection.
If I can't fly directly, I'll drive.
I was able to come and go on time, because I got lucky with stand-bys both ways. Had UAL had their way, I'd have been home about 2:30 AM -- as my 10:00 PM flight was delayed until 1:00 AM...
Driving, I could leave hubby's at 2:00 PM and be home by 8:00 PM.